British people support some restrictions on wearing the burka in public

The British people support some restrictions on wearing the burka in public but oppose an outright ban, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent.

The survey of more than 1,000 people found that almost two out of three people believe it should be illegal to wear a burka in places such as banks and airports.   But six out of 10 people oppose a ban on wearing it in all public places.

According to ComRes, 52 per cent of people disagree with the proposition that there should be no legal restrictions on wearing a burka, while 43 per cent agree. But when asked whether it should be illegal to wear a burka in any public place, only 36 per cent agree and 59 per cent disagree.

Some 64 per cent of people believe that it it should be illegal to wear a burka in places such as banks and airports, while 33 per cent disagree. By a similar margin (61 to 35 per cent), people think that schools should be allowed to prevent teachers  wearing burkas if they wish.

The most striking variation of opinion among  different groups of people is by age. Only 15 per cent of 18-24 year-olds believe that wearing the burka should be banned in any public place, compared to 57 per cent of those aged 65 and older. Support for curbs rises up the age scale.

Women are more opposed to restrictions than men. The South east region, including London, is the  most liberal on the issue, and  northern England the least. The top AB social group is the most liberal, with C2 skilled manual workers and the bottom DE group the least.

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